Wheeling, firming and exchanges aren’t words Central Arizona Project (CAP) throws around lightly, but those three words are the basis of an historic agreement recently signed by Central Arizona Project and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The “CAP System Use Agreement” increases the reliability and flexibility of the state’s single largest renewable water supply by creating a legal framework to allow wheeling, firming and exchanges in the CAP system. 


Liberty Utilities and Central Arizona Project (CAP) have built the state's first public-private reclaimed-water recharge facility, the Liberty Aquifer Replenishment Facility (LARF) in Goodyear, which commenced operation in early 2017. The ground-breaking partnership is a win-win; CAP gets an affordable 100-year water supply for the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) and Liberty Utilities gets a cost-effective way to manage their effluent in a sustainable manner that provides multiple benefits to their customers.

Recently, one of CAP’s hydrologists presented the status of Rocky Mountain snowpack, and while still too early to tell for sure, 2017 is looking good. 

By Jessica Fox, CAP ECO Team Chair 


For the past 30 years, Central Arizona Project (CAP) has been Arizona’s single largest resource for renewable water supplies. During that time, CAP’s commitment to the environment has been unwavering. 

By Brian Young, CAP Power Programs Manager 


CAP is the biggest single user of electricity in the state of Arizona. It takes more than 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of energy each year to deliver the more than 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water to central and southern Arizona. It’s imperative the transmission lines are reliable. 

By Patrick Dent, CAP Water Control Manager and Salinity Workgroup Chair 


The Colorado River is used by roughly 40 million people for domestic and industrial uses in the U.S. and is used to irrigate about 5.5 million acres of land. But did you know as the water makes its 1,400 mile journey, it picks up and dissolves salt into the water? This increase in salinity can create environmental and economic damages to those who use the water. 

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